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Harvard Medical School releases curriculum for MP3 players

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 23, 2006

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Grab that headset. Harvard Medical School is making lectures available for students to download onto iPod or other MP3 players.

"This is the first time any medical school, to my knowledge, has used an iPod as an educational tool to distribute the entire curriculum," said John Halamka, MD, an associate professor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and chief information officer at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Halamka estimates that 68% of Harvard's medical students have MP3 devices.

Videos of every course lecture also are being added to Harvard's intranet daily. Students, faculty and staff can search archived lectures for a specific word or phrase. The system allows them to search across disciplines and courses for segments of lectures that deal specifically with their area of interest. Search results show users what portion of the audio file contains a discussion of their search term, allowing them to skip directly to the relevant section of the lecture to review it.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/01/23/prbf0123.htm.

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